’Last call for an L Barrie to board the soul train, that’s
L Barrie…Soul Train’. If the soul train went via Nottingham and Portsmouth,
no doubt it would invite passengers three; Barrie Cadogan, Wayne Fullwood and
Lewis Wharton, because we are talking the British equivalent of The Roots…well
Drummer Wayne’s soul laced wails and woos, precision sticksmanship
and white boy afro should put him up there with Questlove whilst lil’ Barrie
himself gives a masterclass in guitar, as bassist Lewis keeps the groove, inviting
body shaking en masse. It was somewhat of a mini revelation, as Little Barrie
strip it down and jam it out. No effects, no mess, tis a simple ethos and
one that serves them well, and though it may limit them in the future, a warm
50 minute blast of positive energy wont do anyone any harm.
single ‘Free Salute’ gets the heads a bobbin and the bodies a poppin whilst ‘Long
Hair’ sees the Stone Roses meet the Verve in a stop start swagger
of shuffles and slides. It might be more body shaking than ground breaking, and
no, they haven’t come to steal your soul, they’re just here to make you move.
Funkalicious? Funkadelic? You get the funkin idea.
Sherief Younis for Crud Magazine 2004©
Janauary - March 2005 - News Archive